“AND THE LITTLE GUY GOES TO“ by Brendan Donley
Looks like this is going to be the last 15×15 Buzzle for a while, so solve up and read on
How to explain this theme: LEO DICAPRIO-related phrases that contain the word OSCAR, and then some more OSCAR stuff!
Lena: Okay, so, I didn’t see a single Oscar-nominated movie. I actually don’t know what movie LEO was in that garnered him his CARGO. I thought Matt Damon was the “Martian” guy. Anyway, GOLF CLAP for LEO.
Michael: “Little Guy”!?
Lena: That was the movie? That won an Oscar? “Leo DiCapz, for ‘Little Guy’!”
Michael: And the little guy goes to … DUNZO THUD.
Lena: DUNZO THUD is the new mic drop.
Michael: I saw no movies in the theater last year. Wait, let me think … no, I saw one. It was a Sherlock Holmes movie with, let’s say, Ian McKellan. Oh, and that one actress who always gets nominated but never wins and I have a total celeb crush on her … hmm … anyway, I saw that.
Lena: BuzzChuckle coming at me via OHNO (43A: “This is going to be terrible for champion speed skater Apolo!”). BuzzEwGrossWTF coming at me via SMOOSH (4D: Mash together, as downstairs parts)– uhhhhh I’ve heard “bump uglies” and that’s bad enough. “Smoosh parts?” Check please.
Michael: I am not pro-SMOOSH. I’m DUNZO w/ SMOOSH? Am I using that right? I am, however, pro-OHNO, as clued.
Lena: Yeah you got it– I’m probably going to be saying DUNZO a lot. NO SOAP; I’m DUNZO.
Michael: It is at least moderately interesting that a. the two long Downs are OSCARs and b. both of them intersect the letter string “OSCAR” in a themer.
Lena: True, true. I saw THE GROUCH before I saw the revealer, said “ohhhh,” and started looking for hidden OSCARs. Also I have to point out that in the new, HBO-gentrified Sesame Street, Oscar has recycling bins and stuff.
Michael: I wish someone would clue TETON as a partial. [“What day is the Asian holiday ___ this year?”]
Lena: Me too. A lot. I think there’s something wrong with the clue here (46A: Mountain range with a “Grand” largest peak”)– since it’s a *range* of mountain*s* it should be the TETONs? Semi-related, I hate the singular mountain within a rage. One TETON? I have the same problem with ALP. And this is coming from the person whose kid version would ask for a “Kleeneck.”
Michael: File this one away, Lena: ROES CEREMONY.
Lena: Wait what, what’s a Rose Ceremony? DEB stuff?
Michael: OMG you are old. It’s from “The Bachelor.” I think you have to turn in your vagina now.
Lena: WTF you watch the bachelor?! Who ARE you? Since I’m officially done with my vagina, do you need one?
Michael: No I live in America. I know that “Duck Dynasty” is a thing too.
Lena: Is that the one where they drive SEMI RIGS on ice?
Michael: PISTORIUS murdered his girlfriend, so that’s nice. Ugh. “Controversial” doesn’t really get at it. Good night.